Valeria De La TorreI Come from a Place I Once Didn’t Know

I come from a place I once didn’t know
The place I was born, down south across the border
One day I asked my mom when we could go visit
She said, “There’s no way back after.”

I come from 1.4% of K-12 undocumented students
Who want to pursue the American Dream
I come from every teardrop
I’ve seen roll down my mother’s cheek
Because the vision of that dream
isn’t always bright

I come from a country I don’t know
but wish to one day
go back and meet

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